Human trafficking focus of Cuba, Cayman Islands talks

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Cuba's Ernesto Soberón Guzmán sign minutes from meetings on irregular migration. - Photo: Cuba government

Cuban officials and the Cayman Islands government met in bilateral talks last week to discuss migration between the two island nations.

The meetings on April 20 and 21 in Havana focused on controlling illegal migration and human trafficking, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations reported. Talks also touched on a Memorandum of Understanding the countries signed in 2015 that regulates migrant handling between the countries. The memorandum has not been made public.

While in Havana, Cayman’s Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Cuba’s Director of Consular Affairs Ernesto Soberón Guzmán signed minutes from the meetings, reaffirming established migratory regulations.

Mr. Manderson said the meetings were successful.

“We exchanged useful information on both sides. The relationship continues to be strong, and we’re grateful for the cooperation of the Cuban government on the Memorandum of Understanding,” Mr. Manderson said.

While human trafficking continues to be a concern for both governments, Mr. Manderson said no policy changes were made during the talks.

The Cuban government described the meetings as friendly and respectful.

“Representatives of Cuba and the Cayman Islands reiterated the importance of these types of meetings for the good development of relations between the two countries and reaffirmed the government willingness and compromise to ensure regular, orderly and secure migratory flow, and to increase bilateral cooperation in the fight against illegal migrant trafficking,” the Cuban government said in an official release.

If you value our service, if you have turned to us in the past few days or weeks for verified, factual updates, if you have watched our live streaming of press conferences or sent an article to a friend... please consider a donation. Quality local journalism was at risk before the coronavirus crisis. It is now deeply threatened. Even a small amount can go a long way to sustaining our mission of informing the public. We need our readers’ financial support now more than ever.



  1. Was this signing of the memorandum of understanding was just to say that they meet and discuss the human trafficking of Cuban refugees and that Cayman Islands Government would take care of them once they hits Cayman Islands shore . But not to be made public, but someone needs to stop the Government with this kinda behavior .